WILMINGTON, N.C., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- North Carolina's public health professionals today were honored with GlaxoSmithKline Child Health Recognition Awards for improving children's health through a variety of programs, including school health nurses, nutrition education, immunizations and better access to care for at-risk families. All nominees were recognized and winners announced at an awards ceremony in Wilmington during the North Carolina Public Health Association's annual meeting.

The awards program, which is overseen by the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, ties directly to GlaxoSmithKline's goal of delivering services of value, said Deirdre P. Connelly, President, North America Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline. "North Carolina's public health professionals consistently deliver effective health services to our communities in innovative, creative, and cost-conscious ways," she said. "We applaud them for the value they bring to people's lives all over the state."

This year's awards focus on outstanding collaborative programs that affect the health of children in all nomination categories. The awards, which include monetary grants, were presented in these categories:

  • The Lifetime Achievement Award, given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to improving children's health services through a series of achievements, went to Leah Devlin, DDS, MPH; Gillings Visiting Professor, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill; George Greger-Holt, MEd; Director of Student Services, Chatham County Schools, Pittsboro; and Peter Morris, MD; Medical Director, Wake County Human Services, Raleigh.
  • The Individual Recognition Award, given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to improving children's health services, went to Jill Kerr, FNP, MS, MPH; Family Nurse Practitioner, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City